NEWCASTLE UNITED have agreed a fee with Marseille believed to be in the region of £10m for France international forward Loic Remy.
Having sold top goalscorer Demba Ba to Chelsea on January 4, replacing the Senegalese forward was a top priority for Magpies boss Alan Pardew.
Queens Park Rangers were also interested in signing the 26-year-old Remy but Hoops manager Harry Redknapp admitted that they had failed in their attempt.
“We have an agreement in principle with Newcastle, it is true,” said Marseille president Vincent Labrune.
“We have therefore given Loïc permission to chat with them. For the rest, we must wait patiently.”
Former Newcastle midfielder and current Marseille player Joey Barton said on Twitter: “Good luck to Loic in Newcastle. Don't worry I've told him what to expect. Great guy. Perfect club for him. #toonarmy."